The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Saturday, April 2, 2011

War News for Saturday, April 02, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Spc. Dennis C. Poulin died from from a non-combat related incident at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany on Thursday, March 31st. He was originally injured in Konar province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 28th.

Reported security incidents

#1: In the capital, one soldier was killed and two were injured when two consecutive bombs exploded, witnesses said. The blast took place close to al-Mustansiriya University in east Baghdad's Palestine Street, targeting an Iraqi Army patrol.

#1: A member of the pro-government al-Sahwa (Awakening) Forces has been killed in an armed attack in northern Iraq’s Province of Kirkuk on Saturday, a Kirkuk official said. “A group of armed men opened fire on Saturday morning on an army company’s position close to al-Alwiya Village, 45 kms to the southwest of Kirkuk, killing a Sahwa (Awakening) force member,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Three mortar shells have fallen close to the headquarters of northern Iraq’s Ninewa Operations Command in Mosul city on Saturday, a security source said. “Three mortar shells fell today (Saturday) close to Ninewa Operations Command in central Mosul, causing no casualties, but minor damage for two houses in the area,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Anbar Prv:
#1: Three soldiers and one policeman were killed when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in Kabisa city, located some 170 kilometres west of Baghdad. Gunmen escaped the scene after the attack, which also left two policemen injured, sources said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghans angry over the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church stormed a U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing seven foreigners, including four Nepalese guards.

Romania's president has sent his condolences to the family of a Romanian who was killed in Afghanistan in an attack on United Nations' offices. Traian Basescu also expressed his solidarity with other countries whose nationals were killed when Afghans stormed a U.N. compound in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday, leaving seven foreigners dead, in retaliation for a Florida church's burning of the Muslim holy book.

The victims of a lethal mob attack on a United Nations compound in Afghanistan included a Norwegian and a Swedish citizen, the governments in Oslo and Stockholm confirmed Saturday. The Scandinavian victims were a 53-year Norwegian pilot and a 33-year old Swedish lawyer.

One of those injured is believed to be the UN head of mission to Mazar-e-Sharif.

#2: The bomb ripped through a bus carrying Afghan National Army personnel early on Saturday in eastern Kabul, followed by exchanges of fire between attackers and army personnel that killed at least one civilian, Xinhua reported. According to witnesses, two explosions were heard near an army training center and a foreign military base. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

#3: two suicide attackers disguised as women blew themselves up and a third was gunned down when they tried to enter a NATO base on the outskirts of Kabul, NATO and Afghan police said. Bashary also gave reporters details of the morning attack on Camp Phoenix, a base on the east side of Kabul that's used to train Afghan security forces. He said three armed insurgents wearing suicide vests arrived at a main gate at the base around 6:45 a.m. Two of the attackers opened fire and then detonated their vests of explosives, Bashary said. The third opened fire and was killed by NATO forces. The body of a fourth person, an Afghan man at the scene, has not been identified. Three NATO service members were injured.

DoD: Spc. Dennis C. Poulin